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The Best Athlete Biopics

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There are many biopics that have been made about athletes and the world of sports. What are the best sports biopic movies? This list includes titles such as A League of their Own, Chariots of Fire, Brian’s Song and Cinderella Man. Men and women have voted on the films below to rank the best sports biopics.

Movies have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. Sports have the ability to to the same and often we are enchanted about the lives of our sports heroes. Movies that tell the story of Ernie James, Jake Lamotta, Muhammed Ali, and James Braddock are all incredibly fascinating, tumultuous, and inspiring.

It is with a peek into the lives of these individuals that we can understand their motives and drives that helped them become the greatest of their time. By understanding sport’s greatest, we will hopefully take some of that inspiration into our own lives. These movies vary in their genre but they all equally fascinating.

Vote up the greatest sports biopic movies ever made below or add on you think is great that isn't already on the list.
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    Moneyball
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    14

    Moneyball

    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill

    Released2011

    Directed byBennett Miller

    Billy Bean
  • 2
    A League of Their Own
    75
    14

    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks

    Released1992

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    All American Professional Girls Baseball League

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  • 3
    Cinderella Man
    68
    13

    Cinderella Man

    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger

    Released2005

    Directed byRon Howard

    Jmaes J. Braddock
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    42
    67
    15

    42

    Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni

    Released2013

    Directed byBrian Helgeland

    Jackie Robinson

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  • 5
    Raging Bull
    85
    30

    Raging Bull

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

    Released1980

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Jake LaMotta 

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  • 6
    Invictus
    57
    14

    Invictus

    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon

    Released2009

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Francois Pienaar

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  • 7
    Chariots of Fire
    55
    21

    Chariots of Fire

    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh

    Released1981

    Directed byHugh Hudson

    Harold Abrahams

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  • 8
    Brian's Song
    66
    33

    Brian's Song

    Dick Butkus, James Caan

    Released1971

    Directed byBuzz Kulik

    Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers 
  • 9
    The Blind Side
    76
    44

    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    Michael Oher
  • 10
    I, Tonya
    33
    6

    I, Tonya

    Margot Robbie, Caitlin Carver

    Directed byCraig Gillespie

    Tonya Harding

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  • 11
    Seabiscuit
    58
    34

    Seabiscuit

    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges

    Released2003

    Directed byGary Ross

    Red Pollard and seabiscuit

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    61*
    41
    22

    61*

    Anthony Michael Hall, Thomas Jane

    Released2001

    Directed byBilly Crystal

    Roger Marris
  • 13
    Invincible
    48
    34

    Invincible

    Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2006

    Directed byEricson Core

    Vince Papale
  • 14
    The Hurricane
    43
    30

    The Hurricane

    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber

    Released1999

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    Rubin Carter

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  • 15
    Secretariat
    42
    30

    Secretariat

    Diane Lane, John Malkovich

    Released2010

    Directed byRandall Wallace

    Penny Chenery and Secreteriat
  • 16
    The Rookie
    42
    32

    The Rookie

    Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    Jim Morris
  • 17
    The Fighter
    46
    41

    The Fighter

    Amy Adams, Christian Bale

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

     Micky Ward

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  • 18
    Miracle
    37
    34

    Miracle

    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2004

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

    Herb Brooks
  • 19
    Rocky Marciano
    31
    26

    Rocky Marciano

    Jon Favreau filmography, George C. Scott

    Released1999

    Directed byCharles Winkler

    Rocky Marciano
  • 20
    The Babe
    35
    31

    The Babe

    John Goodman, James Cromwell

    Released1992

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    Babe Ruth
  • 21
    Remember the Titans
    29
    34

    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling

    Released2000

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

    Herman Boone
  • 22
    Rush
    30
    39

    Rush

    Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl

    Released2013

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • 23
    The Pride of the Yankees
    26
    36

    The Pride of the Yankees

    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper

    Released1942

    Directed bySam Wood

    Lou Gehrig
  • 24
    The Basketball Diaries
    27
    38

    The Basketball Diaries

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1995

    Directed byScott Kalvert

    Jim Carroll
  • 25
    Rudy
    26
    37

    Rudy

    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

    Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger

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